Top Choice International in Dili

Castaway Bar

Crowds enjoy Aussie comfort food staples (salt 'n' pepper calamari, homemade pies) as well as steaks, pizzas and Asian fare at this popular two-storey joint overlooking the waterfront. Check the blackboard for lunch…
Top Choice Portuguese in Baucau

Restaurante Amalia

Take a shady spot on the outdoor terrace and enjoy the sea views, or pull up a chair inside and admire the wonderfully decorated altar along with hearty Portuguese-style meals (try the coffee beef) served with a smi…
International in Dili


The extensive menu at Timor-Leste's fanciest restaurant ranges from homemade ravioli to grilled chicken with wasabi mash, with some good Indian-style veg options thrown in. It's behind the Discovery Inn (which has a…
Timorese in Maubisse

Luciano Bar & Restaurant

This organic restaurant, part of a new 'green school' for local youth, is the best new place to eat in the area (call ahead to order). An eco-resort was also under construction when we stopped by.
Indonesian in Dili


Point at the pre-prepared dishes or order off the small menu for a quick and tasty Indo-Chinese meal. Next to the Plaza Hotel.
Hawker in Dili

'Fish on a Stick' Stalls

From around 4pm every day, the row of blue-roofed beach huts about 300m west of Pertamina Pier are a-smokin’ with skewered hunks of chicken, fish and other seafood being cooked over open fires. Your bowels may not t…
Chinese in Suai

Eastern Dragon

This Chinese restaurant on the main road into Suai (near the petrol station) is the best place to eat in the area. It's attached to the characterless and pricey but comfortable hotel (single/double including breakfa…
Chinese in Dili


Expats claim this spacious, newer restaurant along the Metiaut beachfront does Dili's best Chinese. Next door, rough 'n' ready Victoria Restaurante does good local BBQ seafood.
Bakery in Dili

Coffee Nook

Dili's answer to the Aussie-style bakery/cafe does decent toasted sandwiches, reheated imported pies, pastries, smoothies, and fresh Maubere Mountain Coffee. In the Central Hotel arcade.
Supermarket in Dili

Lita Supermarket

Sells a wide range of groceries and homewares, and there’s a fresh fruit and veg market across the road. Good for grabbing supplies before trips to the districts.